This is a method devised by Buddha which focus awareness on the
breath: This technique helped the boys to keep alive for 17
desperate days, trapped in a flooded cave.
After more than 288
hours since Ekapol and the boys got trapped in Tham Luang Nang
Non cave by monsoon floodwaters on 23 June after they went
exploring, the group was discovered on 2 July after 10 days
totally cut off from the outside world.
They were cold, weak, and alone, more than two and a half
miles deep inside the cave network.
When the rescuers found this group, instead of screaming,
crying or shouting, the boys were sitting quietly in the dark
Their secret weapon? Vipasana.
Vipasana is eminently suitable for this situation as it
does not involve any movement of the body and is uniquely suited
to enable people to cope with extreme tension and/ or stress.
Vipasana is watching the breath after closing your eyes.
Watching it going outside.
And watching the gap.
Now watching it coming inside.
And watching the gap.
Now watching it going outside.
And so, on and on.
Soon you go beyond your body, and later you stop thinking as
you watch your breath and thus go beyond your mind too.
This relaxes you fully.
Thus, sitting ion that dark cave, the boys were free from all
tensions in their peaceful inner space.
Osho says: "Meditation is rest, absolute rest, a full stop to
all activity – physical, mental, emotional.
"When you are in such a deep rest that nothing stirs in you,
when all action as such ceases – as if you are fast asleep yet
awake – you come to know who you are.
"Suddenly the window opens.
"It cannot be opened by effort because effort creates tension
– and tension is the cause of our whole misery.
"Hence this is something very fundamental to be understood
that meditation is not effort."
Even more pertinently, Osho says in ‘The Book of Wisdom’:
"The teaching of the Buddhas is: Find time and a place to
"That’s what meditation is all about.
"Find at least one hour every day to sit silently doing
nothing, utterly unoccupied, just watching whatsoever passes by
"In the beginning you will be very sad, looking at things
inside you; you will feel only darkness and nothing else, and
ugly things and all kinds of black holes appearing.